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Native Americans for Restorative Stewardship is based in a triad partnership that began in Humboldt State University within the Native American Studies department in 2013. Caligiuri, Perera, and Siaosi developed their undergrads together, they share advisors, mentors, and student clubs. The three worked together with the greater Humboldt Native community, Native American Student body and allies to form a social justice movement focused on promoting collegiate Indian Education. The team incorporated the Indigenization of education, participated in administrative negotiations and education, implemented social justice tactics, media outreach, and  intercollegiate networking with Stanford University, Sacramento State University, UC Davis, and Dartmouth University.  All three were inspired by their educational environment to pursue higher education in Federal Indian Law. Caligiuri, Perera, and Siaosi went on to attend the MJIL program at University Tulsa School of Law and earned their Masters of Jurisprudence in Indian Law.

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Bernadette Forrest is Pit River, Tolowa Dee-ni', and Modoc. She is a NARS Tribal Housing Consultant for the AHP & BHBH Tribal RFA Project. Her expertise is in Low Income Rentals, Lease to Purchase First Time Home Buyers, Elder Housing, Tribal HUD Section 8, Tribal Social Service Coordination, Financial Educator, First Time Home Buyer Educator, Mediation Training, Cross Cultural Communication & Negotiation Skills & Processes.

Tribal Housing 


Abeytax Barana is a descendant of the Taino and Arawakan people of what are now called the Caribbean islands. Antonio is a Certified Professional Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Educational Content Creator and a DEIB Strategies Consultant based in Portland Oregon . With their specialty in Implicit Bias training, Nonviolent Communication and Mindset Coaching Antonio guides and coaches teams through the process of changing company culture in meaningful ways with long term impact.

DEIB Strategies Coach
& Consultant

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Fernanda Ferrell-Zabala was born in Quito, Ecuador and is a descendant of the Quichua Runa. Living as a queer undocumented person in the United States helped shape Fernanda’s passion for fighting injustice and promoting equity. 

Fernanda currently serves as the Branding and Marketing Manager for her family’s hurricane protection company where she has successfully led the company through a rebrand and strategic direction implementation. 

Her experience spans from virtual event production and logistics to strategic planning, implementation, and marketing. Fernanda has previously worked with prominent clients like The Movement for Black Lives and State Voices. Prior to joining the world of advocacy, Fernanda spent over 15 years as an Aerospace Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and brings with her a unique approach to problem solving. Fernanda has always believed that knowledge is the most powerful tool and has volunteered with many organizations to teach and inspire Black and Brown girls in STEM related fields.

Fernanda calls Washington DC home where she lives, works, and marches for progressive causes along with her wife Angela and their four kids.

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